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Newcomer Gerald Meerschaert gets fill-in duties at UFC Fight Night 102

Gerald Meerschaert, a 10-year pro with 32 career fights, is finally getting his shot in the UFC.

UFC officials recently announced Meerschaert (24-8 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Oluwale Bamgbose (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) and now fights fellow middleweight Joe Gigliotti (7-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 102. first reported the matchup.

UFC Fight Night 102 takes place Dec. 9 at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. The entire card streams on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Meerschaert recently earned a submission victory over Chase Waldon at RFA 45 to capture the organization’s vacant middleweight title (watch the highlights above). It marked his fifth straight win and moved him to 9-1 since April 2013. The Roufusport fighter now has 22 stoppages (five knockouts and 17 submissions) in 24 career wins.

He meets Gigliotti, a former WSOF and RFA fighter who signed with the UFC earlier this year after opening his career with a 7-0 mark that included seven stoppages. However, in his promotional debut, the 23-year-old Arizona-based fighter suffered a submission loss to Trevor Smith at UFC Fight Night 92.

The latest UFC Fight Night 102 card now includes:

Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov

Anthony Hamilton vs. Francis Ngannou

Patrick Cummins vs. Gian Villante

Raphael Assuncao vs. Aljamain Sterling

Corey Anderson vs. Sean O’Connell

Juliana Lima vs. Tatiana Suarez

Randy Brown vs. Brian Camozzi

Andrew Sanchez vs. Trevor Smith

Marc Diakiese vs. Frankie Perez

Keith Berish vs. Ryan Janes

Joe Gigliotti vs. Gerald Meerschaert

Tiago Trator vs. TBA